Fresh off their 9-0 evisceration of Southampton on Tuesday, Manchester United will take back to the field on Saturday to face Everton.
The heavy victory over the Saints has done wonders for United’s goal difference in the title race and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have a huge opportunity to go level on points with leaders Manchester City with a victory – with the Blues facing reigning champions Liverpool on Sunday.
After such a great performance it wouldn’t be a surprise if Solskjaer named an unchanged starting XI for the visit of the Toffees, but a couple of changes would help keep his squad fresh with the return of European football on the horizon.
There likely won’t be any changes to the defence, however, with the United boss seemingly settled on his first-choice back four. Luke Shaw was taken off at half-time against his former club after a brilliant 45 minutes, so he will be well rested to keep his spot at left-back ahead of Alex Telles.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who also enjoyed a great game, will almost certainly remain at right-back with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire partnering in the heart of defence, with Eric Bailly a doubt.
Midfield could see a change, however, with Paul Pogba coming back into the side after enjoying a night off in mid-week. While it would be harsh for either Fred or Scott McTominay to be dropped, the Brazilian’s slightly more defensive mindset may get him the nod.
Edinson Cavani was also substituted at the break as he had suffered a knock, but Solskjaer has confirmed he will likely be fit to play.
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Manchester United smashed nine goals past Southampton on Tuesday night as they bounced back from disappointing results against Sheffield United and Arsenal in emphatic fashion.
The game was effectively over as a contest inside the first two minutes as Southampton were reduced to 10 men, but United still had to find the goals and they did exactly that, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial (two), Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Daniel James all getting on the scoresheet.
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“Edinson should be available, yeah, definitely,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “He got a bad ankle knock.”
If the Uruguayan is available then he should definitely continue to lead the line with his fine form of late. Marcus Rashford will likely join him in attack and there could be a recall for Anthony Martial, who grabbed two goals after coming on against Southampton, in place of Mason Greenwood.
Predicted Man United starting XI vs Everton: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba, Fernandes; Rashford, Cavani, Martial.